Romanian people have always glamorously celebrated New Year’s Eve, they knew how to party and showed respect to this magical night. In Brasov County, mostly in the villages, there are still some ancient customs preserved, which were taken over by new generations. Nowadays, many customs are subject to several projects aiming at promoting cultural heritage, to be promoted in the city area, but also to be presented to tourists. There already is a community interested in superstitions, who travel to attend a magic ritual in Transylvania, in the houses of the inhabitants.
Searching for luck
Tourists get involved in practicing superstitions for New Year’s Eve and, in order to have good fortune at the year crossing night they put money in their pockets, thinking that if they follow this superstition they will have money and good fortune throughout the year to come. Others think that if they throw away wheat berries throughout their house, the year shall be wealthy and, if they eat fish at the New Year’s dinner they will be lucky, and they will keep going, just like fish.
On New Year’s Eve it is also practiced the egg fortune-telling. At the year crossing, a raw egg is placed into a glass of water. It will grow to be beautiful, like an ice palace, and the shapes it will take may be interpreted, just like coffee fortune-telling. Should the egg grow beautifully, the year will be a good one, should it remain squat, then no good is to come out of it.
Everyone wants to know what traditions have to say on the financial status for the year to come. For safety purposes, an ancient custom recommends that, in the morning of January 1st, everyone should put some coins in the water used for washing their faces. Some people even put in banknotes. In the city, money is put in the hot tub. In the country side, in some areas, women bake cakes and pies in which they hide coins to be found by those who eat them. The one who finds the money will have money the entire year. Unfortunately, this custom is practiced more and more rarely.
Chasing away bad spirits
Romanian people living in Transylvania have been concerned even since the ancient times with customs related to chase away bad spirits. In the ancient belief, making noise using a ringer, a whip or a bell, chases away spirits. The belief also says that at the year crossing heavens open and people may have direct contact with God by means of good thoughts, prayers and mercy. Some people prefer to go to church on New Year’s Eve and attend the religious ceremony.